Byron Laursen

Freelance Book Writer & Ghostwriter

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Location:Santa Maria, California, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/byronlaursen
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Byron Laursen

Published Books:
Principal writer for eight nonfiction book collaborations for major publishers,
including two NY Times best-sellers*

2009: THE NEURO REVOLUTION: How Brain Science Is Changing Our World w/ Zack Lynch, founder of the Neuroscience Industry Organization, (St Martin's Press )

2003: FROM BANGKOK TO BALI IN 30 MINUTES w/Theresa Volpe Laursen (Harvard Common Press)

2001: ALLERGY FREE NATURALLY Contributing writer (Rodale Books)

2000: MULTIPLE GENIUS: THE AMAZING JOURNEY AND GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS OF DR. ALFRED H.KEIL, w/Dean Horn (M.I.T. Press)

1998: THE PORTABLE COACH w/ Thomas J. Leonard (Scribner)

1995: HAVE MERCY!: CONFESSIONS OF THE ORIGINAL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ANIMAL
w/ Wolfman Jack (Warner Books)

1995: TRUE THAI: THE MODERN ART OF THAI COOKING w/ Theresa Volpe Laursen and Victor Sodsook, nominee 1996 James Beard Foundation Award, Best International Cookbook (Wm. Morrow)

1993: *THE WINNER WITHIN: A LIFE PLAN FOR TEAM PLAYERS w/ Pat Riley, #15 bestselling
nonfiction book of 1993 (Putnam)

1988: *SHOW TIME: INSIDE THE LAKERS’ BREAKTHROUGH SEASON w/Pat Riley, 11 weeks in
NY Times top 10 (Warner Books)

Freelance Writing/Editing:

1979-1985 Music Editor, then Editor-in-Chief, Alan Weston Communications, Los Angeles. Winner of Maggie Award (Western Assoc. of Magazine Publishers), Best Magazine in Class. Also served as Director of Corporate Communications, responsible for ad copy, promotional and collateral materials, etc.

1985-Present Corporate Communications and other Writing and Editing providing individual and corporate clients with everything from advertising and web site copy to press releases, grants, newsletters, book proposals, book manuscripts and speeches for numerous clients, including:
Time Warner
Los Angeles Olympic Festival
Black Entertainment Television co-founder Sheila Johnson
Paul Lato Wines
Tudor Wines
Thorne Wines
Rancho Arroyo Grande
Dr. Elizabeth Garcia-Gray, winner of American Psychiatric Association's
Distinguished Fellowship Award for excellence in psychiatry
Dr. Ashis Brahma (featured on an Emmy-winning segment of 60 Minutes)
Pasadena Planned Parenthood
Pasadena Educational Foundation

Journalism contributor to various newspapers and magazines, including
The Los Angeles Times
Rolling Stone
California Business
Oregon Magazine
The Eugene Register-Guard

Education:
BS General Social Sciences, University of Oregon, emphasis on History, minors in English and Journalism. One year graduate study, English.

Testimonials:

“Byron is a magnificent storyteller, a great collaborator, and a truly wonderful person. He nailed what I hope to help the world realize...”
Zack Lynch, Founder, Neurotech Industry Organization

“You and Theresa may be the two nicest people I have ever met in my life. Be proud of that. My thoughts found their expression in your words. Many thanks to a true Showtime Warrior."
Pat Riley, President, The Miami Heat

"...gifted in finding the right tone and style for a subject and transporting the reader into the material like few writers I've ever worked with or read."
Dr. Beebe Bahrami, Editor, Expedition Magazine
(University of Pennsylvania)

“You breed great energy into this project, and it's very exciting that the book proposal you wrote for has us successfully sold. I appreciate it so much.”
Dr. Neil Einbund, Ph.D

“Your talent and dedication were essential to the realization of this book.”
Thomas J. Leonard, author
The Portable Coach

“Wow! Your formulation of the proposal is incredibly brilliant! You have a magnetic and magical way with words. You maintained the integrity of my message throughout.”
Dr. Elizabeth Garcia-Gray, Chief Medical Officer.
Child Psychiatric Services, Seven Counties Services, Inc.

“You're a warrior with words. Now I truly see that the sky's the limit.”
Major Dustin J. Canestorp, USMC

“Byron edits in the soul and spirit of the writer. A pleasure to work with.”
Dr. Ashis Brahma, subject of an Emmy-winning 60 Minutes segment

“The entire vintage sold out in one week. One of my customers just called to say 'The newsletter is great. I would like to order some more because you touched me.'”
Paul Lato, Paul Lato Wines
Skills (2) Rating
Book Writing
Ghostwriting